Wedding Photos with Your Furry Friend

I am absolutely in love with these photos by Molly Davidson Photography taken with our furry friend, Saylor the Newfoundland. If you cannot have your pet included in your wedding, forget a Trash the Dress session, and opt for a family portrait!

Taken on the cliffs of our hometown in La Jolla, CA., the ocean and our beloved Saylor are parts of our lives that are special to us as a married couple. On our wedding day, my bridal look was much more formal with my hair up, and my husband wore a tuxedo. I chose to go for a more relaxed beach inspired look with loose curls and fewer accessories for myself, while my husband kept a casual yet classic look for this shoot. You can change up your look for an after wedding shoot, and be sure to incorporate your extended furry family. You will be glad you were able to document this new chapter in your life.
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Newfoundland Dog-Darcy Oliver Design
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Oliver Wedding Video

Heart beats fast, palms are sweaty, and tears well up in your eyes. These are all the smiling emotions that make for a great wedding video. Cleverly edited to music we selected, Love Like a Movie captured all the high points of our special day. I am so happy we were able to work with Robert Chapman whom partners with our Photographer, Teale Photography.

Your wedding video is meant for you and your husband to help you remember and relive the events of that memorable day. Love Like a Movie created a beautiful montage that we can cherish forever, and share with family and friends. We are so thankful to have this living memory that we can look back on years later. I highly recommend you opt for a Videographer to capture your big day. Your wedding day will be one you will never forget, but it will also whiz by like a freight train! Having all the precious moments captured on film is priceless.

Floral Designs to Die For

When it comes to budgeting floral arrangements for your wedding, you will be shocked.  Sticker shock that is. In my experience past, when you mention the word “wedding”, vendors double, even triple the cost of what any other event may cost. While floral arrangements are labor intensive, I could not believe what some vendors wanted to charge for flowers! Depending on where you live, the total cost of Weddings are averaging around $25-40+K, if not more.

Yes, this is a down payment on a house or the price of a new car, but this day will be one of the most memorable days of your and new spouse’s life. This is where emotions fly, especially if you and your fiance are footing the bill. The most important factor: Stay Calm. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even when things are not going your way, or a vendor falls through…stay calm. I cannot emphasize the importance of your sanity through this stressful, yet joyous time in your life. At the end of it all, your wedding day may have some oops and downs, but once you say “I do”, nothing else matters.

At Darcy Oliver Design, we work with budgets of all sizes, and we encourage stress-free creativity. Floral Arrangements are supposed to support your style and overall look of what you imagine. From simplistic to extravagant, there is no right or wrong way.  It’s all up to you. If you have no idea what you would prefer, we can help you make it work.  For you. For your Special Day.

Here are some unique and gorgeous Floral Designs that we at Darcy Oliver Design can help you achieve! Helping you think outside the box, and letting your true style shine is our prerogative.

Taken at Puakea Ranch by Photographer Brandon Chesbro, my friend Natalie Katzenbach Edwards wed her beau with whimsical flair. Her Floral Headpiece by Wild Halo in Nashville, TN. looked stunning, and her bouquet of King Protea complimented her breathtaking look.
protea, floral head piece-Darcy Oliver DesignWhile Peonies are hard to come by in August, their heavenly smell and grand blossom make for a beautiful and graceful bouquet. Luckily, I was able to find some of the last Peonies at the floral market to create this Ivory Peony, Pink Spray Rose, and Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet. Since Ostrich Feathers were the icing on the cake for this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding, I added just a few plumes so they would not over power the gorgeous blooms.
bouquet, peony, rose-Darcy Oliver DesignAs I mentioned before, thinking outside the box is what I enjoy most about Wedding Planning. Helping brides see their dreams come to life is what we strive for. While you may see all of your bridesmaids carrying a bouquet, have you considered another angle? This dreamy Bridesmaid Wreath via Ruffled Blog is carried by their side as they stroll on down the aisle. Perfect for an outdoor or woodsy wedding, this is a unique twist on the old bouquet.
wreath bouquet, bridesmaid-Darcy Oliver DesignA mixture of blooms may be what you are after, and a monochromatic look with a touch of soft greenery with the same color saturation will do the trick! This gorgeous bride and friend of mine, Meredith Thornton Hauber carried an assortment of Pink Hydrangeas, Pink Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. Not only did this gorgeous couple make everyone cry during their ceremony, I could not have been happier to help them make their Wedding Day special! More on the happy couple’s wedding to be featured soon!
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Ban.do for Brides & Gifts!

We were recently featured on Ban.do’s Blog as a Ban.do Bride!  The White Flurry Pouf was a perfect match to my Justin Alexander Gown, which had ostrich feathers sewn under the tufts of tulle.  The ostrich hair pouf was so magical and flowed with every move I made.

Ban.do has some of the most perfect accessories to help make your day magical as well!  Here are a few of my faves that make for perfect holiday gifts too.  They still offer an Ostrich pouf in this beautiful Blush as well as Mint, Hot Pink, and Charcoal.  Add this piece to your hair or go for something that sparkles like this Crystal Swirl Bobbi if you are going for a vintage look.  Whether your hair is in an up do or not, try a head wrap. The Double Trouble Head Wrap in Nude/Rose will definitely help you catch attention in this little number.

Holidays or not, these shoe clips would accent any solid colored shoe you wore for your wedding day or Christmas Party!  The hearts and bows are my favorite, and I love how they shimmer in Gold! This sequin Boom Boom Flower Comb comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Hot Pink, and Midnight. Whether you want a unique or fun holiday look, these shiny baubles from Ban.do will top off your look with perfection!

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Bridal Boudoir Photography

Capture your last single girl days before your wedding, and surprise your new husband with a little “for his eyes only” keepsake! Photographers like Molly Davidson Photography capture beautiful and tasteful boudoir photos that you can be proud to show your mister.

Before you say “I Do”, schedule a bridal boudoir shoot with Molly Davidson Photography, and capture the “getting ready” moments. You can change it up with more playful poses and a wardrobe change, but I was in love with the veil and close up shots!

Boudoir Shoots are fun and sassy Christmas or Valentine’s Day gifts for that someone special too! Embrace your inner Beyonce, and simply have fun with it!bridal boudoir, veil, slip-Darcy Oliver Design
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Boudoir Photography-Darcy Oliver Design
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Minted Wedding & Holiday Stationary

When you are on the hunt for fabulous Stationary for your wedding or the upcoming Holidays, you have to hand it to the Stationary experts at Minted!  We ordered our Wedding Invite Booklet from Minted, and I even got to design and customize the colors and font!  They were super patient with the free proofs they emailed to me, even down to the specific CMYK colors I chose for the floral details…down to the last petal.

Their designs are fresh and modern, and they offer a variety of themes from vintage to super contemporary.  You can upload your own photos, or you can order pretty stationary that is photo free!  From unique shapes, sizes and arrangement, you will be pleased with the quality of the final product.
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If you hurry, you can place your Wedding Order by Monday, 11/11/13 you can recieve 10% off and Free Ground Shipping with Code RING10FS.  I am playing around with their photo customization with this fab Holiday Card, and you can receive $25 off and Free Ground Shipping on Holiday Orders with Code JOY25FS by Monday, 11/11/13!

They also have additional promos going on this weekend from Birthday to Baby Shower Invites.  Definitely in love with their styling, and will be using Minted for future and upcoming Events!
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Dia de los Muertos Wed-Spiration

Dia de los Muertos is the Day of the Dead which falls on the day after Halloween, and is a Mexican celebration of family and friends that have passed.  As a San Diego native this holiday has been celebrated here for decades, and a Day of the Dead wedding in So Cal would not be far off for the unconventional bride-to-be!   I am in love with Green Wedding Shoes Blog for wedding inspiration, and this featured wedding offers vibrant and beautiful colors and a surprising twist on a Fall Wedding.

I found this Dia de los Muertos Wedding Invitation on Minted, which is where I got our wedding invitations too!  I will have to post more on Minted later, but they do have some fab designs!  This particular design is perfect for a Day of the Dead Wedding, and in fact matches this featured wedding’s color scheme.

The flowers featured in this Dia de los Muertos Wedding are rich in abundance with marigolds, mums, dahlias, succulents and a few peonies in her bouquet.  These arrangements are pretty affordable for the budget conscious bride, and I would definitely play it up with a mixture of high and low vases on the tablescape.  The gold accents accentuate the rich colors, and of course you cannot forget the skulls! We can help you create your Dia de los Muertos Wedding come to life on any budget!

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION

Bridal Party Gifts: Origami Owl

At a recent Bridal Show I discovered Living Lockets made by Origami Owl, and thought these would be great Bridal Party Gifts!  Either from the Bride to her Bridal Party, Mother & Mother-In-Law, or Bridal Party to the Bride!  They are clear Lockets filled with charms and plates that you get to personalize and design with different chain styles.  I fell in love with the rose gold locket and chains, looked so pretty on skin and rose gold is so often overlooked!

I loved the idea of picking a charm that is the color of your wedding, one that is personal to you, and one that is specific to the person who will be receiving the gift.  There are so many options to chose from, and the lockets are really well made.  Perfect for any wedding keepsake!

Get in touch with Hayley Lewis for all your Origami Owl needs, you never know, you may even want one for yourself or have someone in mind for Christmas!

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Origami Owl

Oliver Wedding

When every girl dreams of her wedding day, she imagines a magical experience complete with the perfect groom and the perfect day.  While planning a wedding can be stressful, our wedding day was nothing short of perfect.  It was better than I could have imagined, simply because I was marrying a beautiful man that I gave my heart to.  On that day I felt pure bliss.

I planned the entire Wedding, down to the mints and the peonies in my bouquet.  With the help of family and friends on that day and the days leading up to our wedding, my dream became reality.  A HUGE Thank You to all of these special people we love!!!

On 08.03.13 we held the Big Reveal at La Valencia Hotel in front of their romantic picture window, and proceeded to take bridal party photos on the hotel’s grounds.  We were wed at Mary Star of the Sea in La Jolla, CA., and the Reception followed the Ceremony at The Powerhouse in Del Mar, CA. The Reception site overlooked the Pacific Ocean, and we were lucky enough to have a picture perfect day.

Vendor Details Listed Below.

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Mother of the Bride-Darcy Oliver Design

Bridesmaids Gifts-Darcy Oliver Design

Navy Garter and Sparkle Shoes-Darcy Oliver Design

feather boutonierre, j crew neckalce-Darcy Oliver Design

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Bridal Portrait, La Jolla-Darcy Oliver Design

Peony, Rose, Orchid Bouget-Darcy Oliver Design

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Bridesmaids-Darcy Oliver Design

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Aisle-Darcy Oliver Design

First kiss, flower girl-Darcy Oliver Design

Vintage getaway car-Darcy Oliver Design

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menu sign-Darcy Oliver Design

gold sequins-Darcy Oliver Design

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Beach Wedding-Darcy Oliver Design

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Vendors:

Photography: Teale Photography

Videography (Posting Soon!): Love Like a Movie

Photo Shoot Venue: La Valencia Hotel

Ceremony Venue: Mary Star of the Sea

Reception Venue: The Powerhouse

Flowers & Decor: Darcy Oliver Design

Cake: Lemon Grove Pastry Shop

Wedding Gown: Justin Alexander

Groom’s Tuxedo: A Better Deal Tuxedo 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm Occassions

Flower Girl Dresses: Seahorse by Watters

Catering: Porkyland La Jolla

Hair: Shannon Hay

Live Music: Anthony Adams

Vintage Car: Haynes Chauffeuring 

DJ: Sunset Mobile Music

Maid of Honor Necklace: Prisonher

Dripping With Decadence

From Park to Palace, there was a significant difference in wedding themes displayed at the Hyatt Rengency La Jolla Bridal Show this past weekend.  For the more glamorous bride, there were options that were dripping with diamonds or dripping with enchantment.

They brought on the glitz and glam with sequin tablecloths and hanging crystals in this wedding vignette.  A touch of vintage class was represented through the French inspired furniture and elegant place settings.  I love how all the floral arrangements went from White & Modern to soft and feminine throughout.
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For the soft romantic, these gorgeous pastel hues glow in the candlelight. This just-picked look from my English garden look goes hand in hand with an elegant place setting and extreme mood lighting.
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If you’d like to make your guests feel like they have entered an enchanted forest, this beautiful table arrangement with orchids to boot would make you a believer!
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This romantic and whimsical combination is the best of both worlds, will someone please pass the anise poke crudités?

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